Search for suspected killer in Warren heats up after ex-wife's fearful Facebook post

Anthony Iannotti suspected of killing Donna Lawrence in her Warren apartment

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WARREN, Mich. – The search for a man suspected of killing a woman in her Warren apartment ramped up Monday after a social media post from the man's ex-wife.

Update: Warren murder suspect arrested after home invasion in Shelby Township

Anthony Iannotti is suspected of killing Dona Lawrence, 62, in her apartment last week right after he was released from jail.

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Sources told Local 4 Lawrence was either hit or stabbed more than 100 times in gruesome fashion.

Ex-wife in hiding

Local 4 has learned that Iannotti's ex-wife is in hiding, fearing for her life.

Cassie Hokanson went to social media to say that she's on the run and Iannotti is out to get her. She posted on Facebook that Iannotti had broken into her house.

The post put police on the offensive Monday. Warren's mayor said catching Iannotti is priority No. 1.

Hokanson said Ianotti showed up where she was hiding with her family.

My father fired twice to protect my family," Hokanson said.

The Warren detective leading the case got one judge to revoke Iannotti's bond Monday, and another judge issued new warrants for first-degree murder.

The mayor and a family member of Hokanson said she is safe.

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Jason anchors Local 4's 5:30 p.m. newscast. He joined WDIV in January 2015 as a general assignment reporter and has a Journalism degree from Michigan State University.